Dear Carolina Community:
We are writing with mixed emotions to share that Christi Hurt will leave the student affairs office, effective Aug. 16, to serve as vice president for strategic initiatives with Margolis Healy and Associates and Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group, and to complete her doctorate at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Christi will bring her deep experience and expertise to her new role to both teams, which focus on campus safety and security and provide services related to Title IX, the Clery Act and child protection.
Christi has been an exceptional leader and champion for students, most recently serving as interim vice chancellor since last fall. Before that, she was the assistant vice chancellor and chief of staff for five years, where she led efforts to foster student success, support campus safety and promote equity and access for all students.
Prior to her work in student affairs, Christi served as director of the Carolina Women’s Center, where she increased the University’s capacity to serve students, faculty and staff who have experienced interpersonal violence and abuse. Additionally, she served on an interim basis as the University’s first full-time Title IX coordinator and chaired the campus-wide Sexual Assault Task Force to revise the University’s policy on prohibited discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct, adopted in 2014. The task force spent more than a year looking at every step of our processes, from reporting and response to investigation and adjudication, and then made recommendations to significantly improve how we address this important topic.
Christi holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, where she teaches a course on leadership and violence prevention. She also teaches classes on nonprofit management and nonprofit and government relationships in the UNC School of Government. Christi is a Carolina alumna, graduating in 1993 with a bachelor of arts in history and in 1998 with a master’s in public administration. She began work on her doctorate last year.
We are grateful that associate vice chancellor Jonathan Sauls has agreed to assume the role of interim vice chancellor while our national search for a permanent leader continues. Jonathan is a trusted leader who has risen steadily through the ranks since coming to Carolina in 2005. We also want to thank our Student Affairs staff for their hard work this summer hosting orientation sessions and making plans for the fall, as we prepare to welcome back students next month.
Please join us in thanking Christi for her steadfast leadership and for the important and lasting contributions she has made at Carolina. We are pleased that she will remain a part of our campus community.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Robert A. Blouin
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost